Some Hot Festivals to Kick-Off Summer (Radio Round Up)


While it is still technically spring, Memorial Day weekend feels like the official start to summer.   I’ll be honest – sometimes it is hard to find events for these 3 day weekends – but that is not the case for this one! This weekend there are a bunch of great free and affordable events to get you outdoors and enjoy this start to summer.  Here are our picks for this weekend that we shared on WDVE (if you are an early riser you can here me most Friday mornings talking about all things Pittsburgh – 6:45 am – 1025. FM).

One of the other things we talked about this morning was Banjo Night at the Elks Club.  Banjo Night is every Wednesday Night, 8pm, The Elks on the Northside (next to the Giant Eagle). – more info here.

Fri. May 25 Wexford Car Cruise

  • “a fantastic place for Hot Rodders, Gearheads, car crazy people as well as families”
  • First car cruise of the summer
  • Car Cruise is located at North Way Christian Community 12121 Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 15090
Fri. May 255-8:30pm Bakery Square BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

  • BBQ food, beer tasting
  • Outdoor activities
  • live music by Brennan Peirson & Coronado
  • Facebook Event Link


Sat. May 264-7pm Tugboat Print Shop Garden Party

  • to celebrate their latest print “Garden” Tugboat Print Shop is hosting a Garden Party
  • Stop by and check out their shop, see the new print and their entire collection
  • Music, beer and lots of super nice people
  • Click here to see photos of they created the woodblocks to create this print.
Sat. May 26 Parrots of the Caribean Opens at the Aviary

  • The new show at the Pittsburgh Aviary is all about Parrots
  • Show starts May 26 and runs daily (we’re still trying to figure out what times)
Sat. May 263pm – 11pm Pyro Fest

  • Hartwood Acres kicks off the summer concert season with America’s Largest Fireworks Fest
  • Fireworks (of course)
  • Live Music – Good Brother Earl, BE Taylor, The Gathering Field, and more
  • Tickets are $18 and available online here
  • Check out some of the set up photos on the Pryo Fest Facebook page here
Sun. May 275pm – 11pm Kaya Fest

Mon. May 2810am-4pm Memorial Day Celebration at Soldiers and Sailors Hall

  • Free event and admission to museum
  • Memorial Service
  • Cornerstone Rededication
  • Kids Activites
PGH Fact – Part of “Silence of the Lambs” was filmed at Soldier and Sailors Hall


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  • Will

    Love the updates, Thanks!

    • Thanks Will! Is there anything else you would like to see us write about?

  • Nice post, Lindsay! Wish I was there this weekend. I also used to set my alarm radio station to 102.5 FM, albeit at 7:30am. So I couldn’t get to hear the interesting things you had to say about Pittsburgh 🙁

    Anyways, here’s my two cents: you can get to the Kayafest location (20th street) via bus also if you don’t have a car (like me). You can take the 88 from Shadyside OR take 64, followed by 87.

    • Thanks!  Love that you have added the bus routes.  Kayafest was crowded and then rain.  But still nice to be outside.  How was your memorial day weekend? by the way – I am working on a post about Taco Trucks – any suggestions from your neck of the woods?

      • Gautam Ashok

        Hi, nice to hear back from you! Memorial Day was more or less relaxing. I had my cousin and her family visit us over. They also live nearby. I am not too sure about Taco Trucks (though I have heard you can find them more in downtown).